CADXA is the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 140 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club and a member club of the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA).
The December Meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday night, December 6th, at the PERA Club. Larry Loen, WO7R, will present "QSLing for DXers -- Do's and Don'ts".
Larry Loen, WO7R, has been DXing since the late 1980s and has achieved DXCC Honor Roll. He needs only zone 21 on 80 meters to complete 5BWAZ. He has nearly achieved 2,200 band countries on the DXCC Challenge. From the beginning, he has designed his own QSL cards and has made a serious study of "what works" to get cards back and has succeeded with nearly every method to get a confirmation. He has also paid some attention to how QSLing has changed over the years and what it might mean for all of us. If you want to get more of your QSOs confirmed, come by and have a listen.
Please feel free to arrive early to socialize with your friends. Refreshments will be served at the break. Guests are always welcome.
The new parking lot south of the PERA Club is the place to park for the meeting while building construction continues in the old parking lot.
The November meeting program by Ned Stearns, AA7A, took us through the rapidly evolving history of FT8. From its origins as a VHF moonbounce software program developed by Joe Taylor, K1JT, FT8 has become a dominant force for DXing on the HF bands.
Ned has been at the forefront of adapting FT8 for DXpeditions with the development of the "Fox/Hound" version used for the first time in a major DXpedition by Ned and the team at KH1/KH7Z Baker Island this past summer.
From the statistics Ned showed, it appears that any previous records for digital QSOs on a DXpedition were blown away by KH1/KH7Z. It proved to be able to make digital contacts at significantly higher rates than RTTY and allowed many stations with low power to confirm a new one for DXCC.
The future looks bright for the expanded use of FT8 on upcoming DXpeditions and in contests.
From DX Heat
The CADXA Nominating Committee presented its slate for 2019 at the November meeting as follows:
President - Larry Loen, WO7R
Vice President - Tom Boza, NE7X
Treasurer - Mike Wright, N7MW
Secretary - Bob Davies, K7BHM
Member-at-Large - Fred Hoffert, III, NA2U
Member-at-Large - Reinhard Geissler, K7RGG
Past President - Lee Finkel, KY7M
In accordance with the CADXA Constitution, receiving no additional nominations from the floor, the slate was elected by acclamation vote. Congratulations and thank you to the new club leaders for 2019!!! They will be officially installed at the Annual Awards Banquet on January 19, 2019. A special thank you to Bob Davies, K7BHM, for chairing the Nominating Committee again this year.
There are quite a few individuals and groups activating various DX entities heading into December including Palestine (E44WE), Iran (EP6RRC), Tonga (A35EU), East Timor, and Montserrat. The full list is linked below under "ADXO". While the HF bands above 17 meters continue being stingy with DX propagation, there have been openings some days, especially on 15 meters.
There will also be plenty of DX activity before, during, and after the CQWW CW contest on November 24-25. Several CADXA members will be in Curacao at the historic PJ2T station for the contest. Many of the CQWW contest stations will be active on voice and digital modes outside of the contest. It is a great opportunity for DXers to add countries to their DXCC and Challenge totals.
CADXA Repeater and Net
The K5VT repeater is open to all DX enthusiasts. Our CADXA net is on hiatus while the club explores the possibility of moving the repeater to a new location.
147.32 MHz (+) no PL tone
Courtesy of The Daily DX™
Current Solar Data
Central Arizona DX Association
Nov. Meeting Recap
Announced DX Operations